Edward Herrmann, Gilmore Girls Star, Dead at 71 After Battle With Brain Cancer

Actor is most famous for his role as Richard Gilmore

By Alyssa Toomey Dec 31, 2014 8:13 PMTags
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Sad news heading into the New Year, particularly for fans of Gilmore Girls

Edward Herrmann has died at the age of 71, E! News confirms. The actor, who is most famous for his role as Richard Gilmore on the hit TV series, passed away in a hospital in New York on Wednesday morning. 

"Edward Herrmann besides being an accomplished actor, he was a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man," his manager tells E! News. "He will be sorely missed."

According to TMZ, which was first to report the news of his passing, Herrmann had been battling brain cancer and had been in ICU for the last three and a half weeks. While in the hospital, his condition did not approve, leading his family to ultimately take him off the respirator.


Herrmann starred on Gilmore Girls throughout the entire run of the seven-year series. He also recently appeared in a few episodes of The Good Wife as well as The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. 

In addition to Gilmore Girls, Herrmann is known for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in numerous TV movies and for his role in the 1987 film The Lost Boys, which also stars Kiefer Sutherland

The late thesp has been married twice and reportedly leaves behind five children. 

As a way to remember the actor, every season of Gilmore Girls is currently on Netflix, so feel free to join us in bingewatching as we pay homage to the star and send our best wishes to his family and friends. 

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